IUKA, Mississippi — Former death row inmate Michelle Byrom's attorney says a judge could consider whether to release her on bond while she awaits her second trial in her husband's death in 1999.
But David Calder of Oxford tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1k2kYLQ) that Byrom could not post even a $10,000 bond.
Byrom was sent to the Tishomingo County jail after the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned her capital murder conviction on March 31, ordering a new trial.
Calder says her health problems include lupus, arthritis and hip troubles, and she uses a wheelchair.
Longtime defense lawyer John White of Iuka says that counties historically have not wanted to pay medical expenses for seriously ill people who don't pose a threat to society. He says keeping Byrom in jail would be expensive.